Dabbing is a method of vaping highly concentrated wax that has been taking the vaping world by storm lately. It's a simple process, but it can be quite confusing if you've never dabbed before.
What is a dab?
A dab is a type of highly concentrated waxy substance that is much more potent than most other vaping materials (such as dry herb, oils, etc.). It's referred to as "dabbing" because you simply place a small amount of the substance on the heating element to start vaping.
What is an e-nail?
Traditionally, the only way to dab was to use a cumbersome and clunky "torch and fire" method. Instead of using a flame, e-nails utilize an electronic heating element to create a similar process. They are designed to vaporize the wax, similar to a wax vape pen, instead of burning it. It's important to note that you should not use e-nails with e-liquid, oils, or dry herbs (unless it comes with a separate attachment that is designed for those substances. For example, the Atmos Studio Rig Attachment includes a dry herb chamber).
What is an e-rig?
An e-rig is designed to be a standalone unit that contains the nail and a base in one kit, so you won't need to purchase them separately.
Deciding when and where you'll want to dab is one of the most important factors when choosing which e-rig to purchase. If you're mostly going to dab at home, you'll want a plug-in e-rig with a power cable that must be plugged into a wall outlet such as the Dab Ninja.
If you're going to be dabbing on-the-go, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery powered e-rig will be a better choice, since you won't have to worry about finding a wall outlet every time you want to dab. The Pulsar Hand is a great example of a portable e-rig.
If you don't need or want a full e-rig, there are many manufacturers who are making phenomenal e-nail attachments that are designed to be affixed to different devices.
There are also some dab rig attachments that are designed to be compatible with pipes. The White Rhino Torrid includes a 6-in-1 adapter that is designed to turn virtually any water pipe into a portable dab rig.
Benefits of e-nails
Why go electric instead of the tried and true torch method?
Your electric nail will stay way cleaner than a traditional nail because you are vaporizing the wax instead of burning it. Not only will the nail stay clean, but you'll be avoiding the harmful effects of inhaling combusted material. Since e-nails only heat up your wax to the precise temperature required for vaporization, you'll avoid the possibility of inhaling smoke.
You'll also get a much smoother flavor out your dabs due to the greater presence of available terpenes. You'll also save a significant amount of money that would otherwise be spent on butane torches and fuel. That's money that could better spent on more dabs.
Cool new technologies like titanium inserts and sapphire screens are designed to only work on e-nails and are not compatible with old-school torch nails. These new technologies can have a significant effect on performance and ease-of-use, and you'll be missing out if you decide to go old-school.
Better flavor, cheaper, safer, and more high-tech. With all of the benefits of electric nails, there really is no reason to stick with outdated technology that's only going to create harmful smoke while simultaneously impeding performance and flavor.